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Why might a 1998 Escort not start after replacing the alternator and battery?

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2006-02-28 04:15:36
2006-02-28 04:15:36

Find out if you need fire or fuel then go from there. First thing you do. if car wont start. check the wires make sure they are attch good. if bettery is new and the Alternator is new. might possbile wire not attach good check that. or check the Fuse under the dash. have to check all and until you found it. good luck.

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You might have a bad battery, a poor connection between the battery and alternator, or a bad ground from the battery.

Your alternater might have to be replaced. Chances are your battery was not faulty. Your alternator most likely needs repairing or replacing.

Check the battery direct with a volt meter, while running. Should have around 14 volts. Less than 13, then might have to replace the alt.

Your battery might be bad, or so might the alternator, or both. A bad alternator will ruin a good battery over time, and vice versa.

check for a drain on the battery. It sounds like something is drawing power from the battery all the time. Also make sure your connections are tight and clean. A lose ground wire will drain it instantly.

alternator needs to be replaced. battery also might be a problem due to the alternator not charging it

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could be the alternator or starter sounds like the alternator if the battery is gone flat get the alternator tested at auto parts or garage jump charging the battery might get you out of trouble for a bit

AnswerWithout buying expensive test equipment, you can test it by replacing the questionable part with a known good part.Answerdid you have the new batt.tested where you bought it?you can get a bad batt.off the shelf i know. starter draging.just went though this myselfEven though its a new battery, it may be the alternator!! the easiest way to check it is to get it started when running, take the negative cable or black cable off of your battery if it stays running your alternator is fine if it dies the alternator is bad!! the alternator helps keep the battery charged and going!!

check the alternator for most cars the alternator is wat powers the car the battery is for accesories... a quick check for alternator wit out having to disemble it tunr on ur car disconnect the postitive cable on the battery if car stays on then the alternator is good and the actual battery itself might be bad

You might have a bad battery or your alternator is not charging the battery.Easy way to do is to take your battery to the auto part store ( Auto zone, Pepboy..) and let them test it for you.If it bad just change it.If it's not then your alternator might be bad.

Check the fusible link coming off of the battery.

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A quick way to tell if there might be a problem with an alternator is to remove the positive side battery cable from the battery while the vehicle is idling. If the engine dies, odds are there is an alternator problem.

WELL MY FRIEND YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE BATTERY PROBLEM YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK YOUR ALTERNATOR,BECAUSE AS WE BOTH KNOW YOU KEEP CHANGING THE BATTERY AND IT KEEPS GOING DEAD YOU HAVE A CHARGEING PROBLEM WICH COULD ONLY BE (BATTERY,ALTERNATOR,STARTER).CHECK THESE THREE FIRST I HOPE THIS HELPS

The alternator may not be charging it enough. With the engine running at an idle check the voltage at the battery with a DC digital voltmeter. It should read from 13.5 to 15.5 Volts. Anymore, or any less, and the alternator is suspect. You might also have a defective battery.

Remove the serpentine belt take out the bolts that hold the alternator to the engine disconnect the wires from the alternator Yes, but first step: remove the negative battery cable from the battery. You might get some fireworks otherwise.

Could be. But it might be an alternator problem instead of a batery problem. You need a good alternator to keep the bttery recharged. I wouldn't run out and buy a battery without getting the alternator checked.

A lot of new vehicles have a master system fuse under the hood that might be blown. I've found that the wire from the alternator to the positive terminal (which runs the actual charge to your battery positive terminal) is sometimes bad. You can bypass it by adding a wire at the small post at the back of the alternator then running it to the positive battery cable (attach it any which way). The original wire is the small one which runs attached alongside the battery cable. Bypassing it will let you see if it is bad or not. I actually have left the new wire on this way and never stalled or had starting problems since. Try it even though your battery is fully charged.

try playing with the battery cable connector. mine had a bad connection and it wouldn't turn over every once in a while. you might need new connectors

You could have a bad battery, or you might find that your alternator is not charging. You can almost always get a local shop to put the meter on both battery and alternator to check the charging system.

Well it could be the external regulator on the right side of the engine compartment or a bad alternator . First I would have the battery checked to verify the battery is good but only after fully charging it , then try replacing the regulator first because its cheapest and if the alternator is in fact bad it should be replaced with the alternator anyway. If the regulator doesn't help then It's probably safe to assume it would be the alternator. I've had a loose plug on the alternator also that would keep it from charging, you might wanna check that and all your connections first.Hope this helps.


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